Franco Foda (born 23 April 1966 in Mainz) is a German football manager and former player.
Foda played as a defender with his home town club 1. FSV Mainz 05. He turned professional, playing for 1. FC Kaiserslautern for three matches in 1983–84), then moving to Arminia Bielefeld followed by 1. FC Saarbrücken, playing in both the first and second division. He then returned to Kaiserslautern for three further seasons, and played as a substitute in the West German national team in December 1987 against Brazil (1–1) and Argentina (0–1).
Foda joined Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 1990, where he was a key defensive player and scored four league goals in his fourth season, as Leverkusen finished third. He then played with VfB Stuttgart, FC Basel (a short 1997 spell) and SK Sturm Graz, retiring in 2001 at 35, having played 321 German first division matches.
Foda moved into coaching with Sturm Graz as an assistant coach. He had been interim head coach between 20 September 2002 until November 2002. At this point, Foda became the permanent head coach until they hired Gilbert Gress to become the head coach on 4 June 2003. He then went on to coach the reserve team immediately after to when he was promoted to head coach of the first team on 1 June 2006. Sturm Graz won the 2010–11 Bundesliga and the 2009–10 Austrian Cup under Foda. He was originally scheduled to leave after the 2011–12 season. However, he ended up being sacked on 12 April 2012 after the club was knocked–out of the Austrian Cup.
1. FC Kaiserslautern
On 22 May 2012, Foda was announced as new head coach of 1. FC Kaiserslautern, who had just been relegated to the second division after two seasons in the top flight. On 29 August 2013, he was sacked as head coach with immediate effect.
Return to Sturm Graz
Foda returned to Sturm Graz on 30 September 2014 and won his first match in–charge on 4 October 2014 against Grödig.
- As of 17 December 2016
|Sturm Graz||20 September 2002||4 June 2003||33||13||4||16||39.39|
|Sturm Graz II||4 June 2003||1 June 2006||93||34||24||35||36.56|
|Sturm Graz||1 June 2006||12 April 2012||258||117||65||76||45.35|
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||22 May 2012||29 August 2013||44||20||13||11||45.45|
|Sturm Graz||30 September 2014||Present||92||42||24||26||45.65|
His son Sandro (born 1989) first appeared professionally with Sturm Graz in 2007, when his father was head coach.
- 1. FC Kaiserslautern
- DFB-Pokal 1989–90
- Bayer Leverkusen
- DFB-Pokal: 1992–93
- Sturm Graz
- Austrian Football Bundesliga: 1997–98, 1998–99
- Austrian Cup: 1998–99
- Austrian Supercup: 1999
- Sturm Graz
- Austrian Cup: 2009–10
- Austrian Football Bundesliga: 2010–11
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